Friday, June 23, 2017

Christmas card

Hi everyone!
Happy Friday!   I have a quick Christmas card to share with you all today. 
 I was totally inspired by this gorgeous card by Lydia.

I have been on a Christmas card making kick lately!  Thank goodness, I hadn't made a Christmas card in what seemed like forever.  I know if I don't start now, I will be scrambling come Oct.  I am trying to make at least 4 of the same design, just changing up colors. This card is an easy one to do just that.

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and the snowflakes are from CAS-ual Fridays for the SOA Holiday Magic Collection.  The Merry Label Die is also from CAS-ual Fridays for the SOA Candy Cane Lane collection.  The Catherine Pooler ink colors I used are It's a Boy and Something Borrowed.

I am adding this over at Christmas Card Challenges.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Gelatos for Masterclasses

Hi everyone!
The first video was posted over on StampNation for the Masterclasses!  

StampNation is bringing you a series of Masterclasses, each focusing on a different topic and taught by master teachers in the industry.

Each Masterclass will consist of:
  • Video tutorials from industry experts
  • Hosted challenges (and prizes!)
  • Live Members-only chats with the designers and companies
 Sounds like a fun summer, right?!!!

I was so inspired, I just had to get out my gelatos by Faber-Castell and play with one of the ten techniques that were shared in the first video.

I have played a bit with my gelatos, but have never tried this technique.  It's a fun and very easy one to do.  Want to find out how to do it?  Join StampNation today!

I am adding this over at the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge!  I was inspired by the paint splatters in the photo. :) 

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Summer SALE & Peek!!!

Hi everyone!
I wanted to share this SALE that is going on over at Ellen Hutson!!
15% off everything today through Saturday,  June 17th.
Use the code: summerfun when checking out!

This week's challenge over on StampNation is a throwback challenge to 2013.   The challenge was to use black and white paired with ONE other color to make a bold statement.

Here's a peek at my card..

and a collage of the Dream Team's cards..

Members can view the challenge HERE!
I hope you will join the fun over on StampNation!

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Snowmen Christmas card

Hi everyone!
Happy Monday!

I have a Christmas card to share today.  I am playing along with the challenge at StampNation.  This week's challenge was to use a snowman on your Christmas card.  I haven't made a Christmas card in a while and don't want to be scrambling when it is time to send them out. 

I searched through my stash and found some snowmen stamps.  I stamped them in a row, using Archival ink onto Bristol cardstock so I could color in their hats and scarves with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers.  How cute are they in their rainbow hats?  :)  I couldn't capture it in the photo, but I added some glitter to the brims of their hats for some shine. 

While I had the supplies out I made 4 of these.  Same design, just colored their hats different colors.  

Here is one in traditional green and red.

I am also going to add one of these over at Christmas Card Challenges

Before you go, I wanted to share a bit of excitement that is going to be happening this summer over at StampNation!!!!!

Now is a great time to join StampNation!!!

Click HERE for more info! 

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!!!

Stamps:  Snow Much Joy (Hero Arts), Keep It Simple Christmas (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Archival Jet Black (Ranger), Versamark (Tsukineko)
Paper:  Watercolor (Bristol), Black (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Black & White Twine (Timeless Twine)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Father's Day Card

Hi everyone!  When I saw this card by my good friend Maureen, I knew I needed to CASE it. 

I didn't stray too much from Mo's design.  I changed the colors, sentiment and I placed my stamping in the center of the card instead of off to the side like Mo did.  I didn't add any extras onto my card.  I also made one using Rockin' Red in place of Something Borrowed.  Thank you for the inspiration, Maureen!

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Stamps:  Simply the Best (SOA Naturally Inspired), Simply Stated (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink:  Something Borrowed & Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs), Smoky Slate (SU)
Paper:  White (Catherine Pooler Designs), Black (PTI)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Birthday Wishes

Hi everyone!

I have a couple more cards to share with you today using some of the goodies from the SOA Naturally Inspired collection which has SOLD OUT!  WOW!  You all love this collection.  

I sure hope you were on the Wait List and grabbed your collection.  The stamps/dies etc...will be available (fall/winter) for individual sale in Catherine's store.

I am loving the images in the Wild Garden stamp set and today I added a bit of color to a few of them.  After inking my green leaves, I spritzed with water to give a water colored look.  I couldn't resist adding a few silhouette images.

To add a bit of sparkle, I stamped and heat embossed the butterfly images using the Wanderlust embossing powder.  They look amazing in real life.  So hard to capture in the photo.

Another clean and simple card using the Wild Garden stamp set and the coordinating dies.  The dies are an add on item and are sold out already, BUT they are on order and will be available soon.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

SOA Naturally Inspired - Wait List Release Day

Hi everyone!  If you are on the Stamp of Approval wait list, it's release day!  I hope you signed up!  The collection goes on sale to the public tomorrow.  YAY!!!

To kick off the wait list release day, I am sharing this fun card using the Simply the Best stamp set.  This card could easily be mass produced in many different color schemes.  I used It's a Boy and Bellini.  You could also kick this up a notch and fussy cut the banners and pop those up.  So many options here. 

My next card features the Medallion Mix-up & Simply the Best stamp sets.  Think of all the color possibilities for this card too?!!!  I used It's a Girl and Bellini.

I look forward to seeing all of your creations with this collection.  Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

You're the Best!!!

Hi everyone!  Did you get a chance to hop along the SOA Natually Inspired Blog hops yesterday and Sunday?  Click here to visit my blog hop post yesterday and then head on over to Catherine's blog where she will have the blog hop lists for each day.

I still have more cards to share with you all.  This one features the Medallion Mix-up Stamp set, the Best & Spiro Doily die and the Simply the Best stamp set.

I stamped the image in rainbow order, then cut the spiro doily from vellum.  I stamped You're the from the Simply the Best stamp set onto the vellum and glued the die cut best onto the vellum.  I was able to hide the glue behind the best die. 

You could re-make this card using a different color scheme to get a totally different look. 

I hope you are inspired and I can't wait to see all the different cards popping up all over blog land and Instagram using this collection.  I think that is my favorite part.  :)

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Naturally Inspired Stamp of Approval Blog Hop Day 2 & Giveaway

Hi everyone!
Welcome to day 2 of the Naturally Inspired Collection blog hop!  You should have arrived here from Deepti's blog.   The complete list is below if you get lost along the way.

The collection goes up for sale on Wednesday, June 7th at 10am.  StampNation members that are on the wait list will be notified first (a perk of being a member!) and then the rest of the wait list will be notified.

 **The box is only available while supplies last.**   
Make sure that you are on the Wait List to be notified when it is available.

The box contains products that can be used together to create many different cards.  They can also be used along with products you already have in your supplies!  Awesome!!  I have had a blast creating cards using this collection.

One thing that keeps me "Naturally Inspired" is nature.  I am always amazed at the amazing ways God blesses us with His creativity, using sunrises, sunsets and all the amazing colors during the different seasons! 
If you follow my blog and know me well, you know I love rainbows, there is just something about all the bright colors together side by side.  I just love that.

Now onto my cards...My first card features the Wild Garden & Birds of a Feather Stamp set.

I absolutely LOVE using the images in the Wild Garden stamp set as silhouettes.  Especially, stamped over a sponged sunset background.  I only used three of the 9 images in the set.  I can see myself reaching for this set over and over again.  I thought the sentiment from the Birds of a Feather stamp set went well with my little scene.

My second card features the Medallion Mix-up & Simply the Best stamp sets.

The Medallion Mix-up stamp set is a big one, with SO many options for creating amazing medallions in many different colors.  I fell in love with the biggest one.  I love that it can be the focal point of your card, yes, it's that big.  I stamped the best right over top of the stamped medallions and created a fun border using the diamond stamp in the Simply the Best stamp set.

It's now time to start hopping along, but before you go make sure to leave a comment on each stop along the hop letting us know what inspires you?
 One winner will be chosen at random from EACH day's comments and announced on June 9th on Catherine's blog.  The winners will win their box and if you have already purchased it, you will be issued a Gift Certificate worth $100 towards a future purchase.

Thank you for visiting and happy hopping!  :)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Anything Goes

Hi Friends!!!
This week's challenge over on StampNation is Anything Goes.

Here is a peek at the design teams cards....

Members can view the challenge HERE.
I hope you will join the fun over on StampNation!
Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Modern Masked Rainbow

Hi everyone!
I'm guest blogging over at Catherine's blog today with a masked rainbow.
I loved blending with Catherine's inks!!!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Emboss It!!!

Hi everyone!
This week's challenge over at StampNation is to use embossing.
Heat embossing, emboss resist, embossing folders or embossing paste.

Here is a peek at the design teams cards....

My card is on the far left. 
 I heat embossed the sentiment and the background, which you can't see in the sneak peek.
Members can view the challenge HERE.

I hope you will join the fun over on StampNation!

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Birthday Explosion Card!

Hi everyone!
We are having a blast over on StampNation with our Fancy Folds and Moving Cards Class!  There have been SO many amazing tutorials shared already and more to come. 

The first card that was posted was called an Explosion card.  Catherine shared how easy it was to create and I have been wanting to try it out since she posted it back on April 10th!  I finally had the chance to play today!

Here is my card!!!  Looks like a pretty ordinary card on the outside, right?!!!!

Now look at the inside!!!!

So cool, right?!!!!  Here's another shot of the inside.

I can't wait to send this off to someone special.  :)  

I am adding this over at Seize the Birthday:Anything goes.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!!!!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pick-a-pattern peek & Get well soon

Hi everyone!
Back in April of 2014, we did a mini-event on StampNation called "Pick-a-Pattern".  This week's challenge is to Pick-a-Pattern.  I don't know about you all, but I tend to hoard my patterned paper.  

Here's a peek at the DT's cards.

Can you guess which one is mine?

Members can view the challenge HERE

I hope you will join the fun over at StampNation! 

I have another card to share with you today using some more goodies from Catherine's Spring Fling release.
I started my card by die cutting a circle from a piece of card stock.  I then stamped the tall flower from the Beautiful You stamp set around the circle.  I curved it on my clear block so it would stamp around the circle.  I then took the small flower stamp and stamped that around the "wreath" in rainbow order.  The black circle in the center of the flowers was stamped using one of the tiny dot stamps in the Perfect Reason stamp set.  I then took that panel and lined it up over a card base to see where to stamp the get well soon sentiment from Beautiful You.  I adhered the stamped "wreath" panel to the card base with dimensionals.  I added a little black and white twine bow to finish off my card.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Stamps:  Beautiful You & Perfect Reason (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink:  It's a Girl, Bellini, Melon Ice, Mint to Be, It's a Boy, Sweet Sixteen, Pixie Dust & Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper:  White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories:  Circle Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs), Black & White Twine (Timeless Twine)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Spring Fling Masculine card

Hi everyone!
I have another card to share today using new goodies that were released on Thursday by Catherine Pooler.  Did you hop along to see all the gorgeousness from the DT?  Click HERE to visit my stop on the hop.

I used all the blue inks that Catherine has available in her store.  It's a Boy (NEW), Fiesta Blue & Something Borrowed.  I stamped the row of dots stamp from the Simply Stated stamp set across my card panel.  Stamping the dots twice in each color.  The die cut sentiment, Happy is also NEW!  I cut 3 from black card stock and layered them on top of each other to add some dimension.  Stamped the birthday sentiment from the Spot On stamp set onto white card stock and trimmed it out.  I think this makes a great clean & simple masculine birthday card, what do you think?
Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

Stamps:  Simply Stated & Spot On (CP Designs)
Ink:  It's a Boy, Fiesta Blue, & Something Borrowed (CP Designs)
Paper:  White (CP Designs), Black (PTI)
Accessories:  Spot On Sentiment die - Happy (CP  Designs)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring Fling Release Blog Hop

Hi everyone!  Welcome to Catherine's Ink Party Collection: Spring Fling release blog hop!  You should have arrived here from Lisa's blog.  If not head on over to Catherine's blog to start at the beginning.

Catherine is releasing 8 new, beautiful ink colors along with other stamps and dies.  The new ink colors are an extension of the Party Collection - they are all pastels and will be sold together as a bundle, as well as individually.

Along with the inks, she has the following new items available:
  • two sets of circle dies
  • 3 sentiment dies (these will be available for purchase as individual dies as well as the set)
  • a sentiment stamp set
  • a floral stamp set
  • and a background stamp!!!
You can purchase these inks HERE starting today.  PSSST, I have a code for you to use to get 10% off your first order at Catherine's store.  CLICK HERE!!!   WOOT!!!

My first card today uses the new Circle dies, one of the Spot On Sentiment dies and the tiny flower and leave stamp from the Simply Stated stamp set.  The ink colors I used are Bellini, It's a Boy, Mint to Be and Midnight.  The sentiment "happy birthday" is from the previously released Spot On stamp set.

A close up so you can see the embossed circles.

This card features the Dotted Circle dies and Simply Stated stamp set.  I used all the new ink colors on this card.  I love the line of dots stamp that comes in this set as well as this congratulations stamp.  I was on an "embossing with dies" kick when creating with these new goodies.


Catherine will randomly choose 3 winners from all the blog hop comments to win a set of ink (or a gift certificate of equivalent value if you have already purchased the inks).  Leave a comment by Monday, April 24th at noon (EST) on ALL THE HOPPERS blog posts for your chance to win.

Time to hop along to the next blog which is the awesome Laurel Beard!  Here is the complete blog hop list.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Catherine Pooler Spring Fling Sneak Peek & StampNation Challenge Peek!

Hi everyone!
Tomorrow is the day, Catherine Pooler is releasing 8 new ink colors and some awesome new stamps & dies.  The Dream Team will be participating in a blog hop tomorrow to celebrate the occasion.  BUT, today I get to share one of the cards I made using some of the new goodies.  YAY!

I absolutely love the new ink color Pixie Dust, that is what I used to stamp the Happy from the previously released Spot On stamp set.  The Birthday sentiment is from a new set called Simply Stated.  See the embossed circles around the sentiment?  Yes, new circle dies are also being released that match the Spot On stamp set.  WOOT!!!!

There is ONE more ink left that has to be revealed!  Play along HERE!

Hint: The mystery ink is NOT in the correct spot in the rainbow order!!! :)

Here is a peek of the DT's cards for the weekly challenge over at StampNation.

Absolutely love the colors in the mood board that was the inspiration for the challenge.

Members can view the challenge HERE

I hope you will join the fun over at StampNation! 

Thank you for visiting and see you again tomorrow for the blog hop!
Have a great day!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Color Bursts & Stencils

Hi everyone!
Happy Friday!
Today I have a couple of cards to share with you using a new to me product called Glass Bead Glitter Gel by Faber Castell.  The StampNation Dream Team was lucky enough to get a huge box of amazing goodies from Faber Castell and the Glass Bead Glitter Gel was one of the products in my box.  It is so fun to work with and adds some amazing shine to your projects.  Thank you SO much Faber Castell!

For this card I used the Glass Bead Glitter Gel, spread it over my stencil, then applied some Ultramarine Blue Color Burst over the whole thing.  I then spritzed with water to get the color bursts moving and blending.  I have to give credit to the amazing Ingrid for this fun technique.  She shared a video recently over on StampNation and I knew I had to try it out.  Thanks, Ingrid!

This card uses the same technique, but masked off the stenciled portion so it is a one layer card with the sentiment popped up.  I used Alizarin Crimson Color Burst powder on this one.  The sentiment stamps are from the Spot On stamp set in the Foundations Box by Catherine Pooler.  I used Lil' Inkers stitched circle dies to cut out the happy sentiment.

I am adding these over at Seize the Birthday: Anything goes.

 Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Stamps:  Spot On (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink:  Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories:  Checkmate stencil (Stampers Anonymous)